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Wednesday Round-Up: Jake Curhan On First NFL Start - 'That's Kind Of What I Do' 

The Seahawks’ undrafted rookie right tackle joined 710 ESPN’s ‘Wyman & Bob’ to discuss why he felt comfortable making his first career start last Sunday, the differences between the college and professional levels, and more. 


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Wednesday, December 15 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

Undrafted Rookie Jake Curhan Discusses Making First NFL Start

The Seahawks had their best offensive output of the season in last Sunday's win at Houston, recording season highs of 453 total yards, 7.9 yards per play, 193 rushing yards, and 6.7 yards per carry. Making those stats even more impressive is the fact that the Seahawks had an undrafted rookie making his first career start at right tackle.

With starting tackle Brandon Shell nursing a shoulder injury and with Jamarco Jones on injured reserve, the Seahawks turned to undrafted rookie Jake Curhan to make the start at right tackle in Sunday's game against the Texans. Curhan, a two-time All-Pac 12 honorable mention selection during his four-year career at Cal, had filled in for Jones in Week 3, playing 26 of Seattle's 53 offensive snaps. He saw some more action in the Week 13 win against the 49ers after Shell exited with an injury.

Curhan played 100% percent of the Seahawks' offensive snaps in Sunday's 33-13 win over the Texans, the first game of the season in which the offensive line did not surrender a sack. On Tuesday, Curhan spoke with Dave Wyman and Bob Stelton of 710 ESPN's 'Wyman & Bob' about the feeling of making his first start at right tackle, the differences between football at the college level and in the NFL, and the importance of playing with technique and detail at the professional level.

What it felt like getting the start at right tackle:

"This was my first time starting a game this year, first time starting a game in the NFL, but it's not my first time starting a game, period. I started, I think, 40 games in college at right tackle, so it felt familiar in a way. I know it's been a minute, but that's kind of what I do. For the most part, I thought I played a pretty good game. There's probably a play here or there that I could've done a little better or would like to change in retrospect, but overall I'm happy with the performance."

On the biggest difference at the NFL level:

"Everybody's good. The Texans, who we just played, don't have the best record, but that doesn't mean the players aren't good. In college you go and play a team like that, there's probably not a single person who's going to give me any type of trouble the whole game. But even though the team doesn't have the best record, there's still a whole bunch of really, really good players over there. Both of their edges have some really good pass rush moves and can do some good stuff in the run game. Number 97, [Maliek] Collins is a hell of a player on the inside, too. So that's really the biggest thing is everybody's a player. Even when we practice, the guys on the practice squad, they're great players, too, and I'm sure it's like that with every team across the league."

On the importance of technique in the NFL:

"I think detail is an important word there, too, on top of technique, when you talk about those super specific alignments, splits, all that. You know, in college, you've got to go to school — at least, I know he [Wyman] went to Stanford, so at least at Stanford and Cal, those two places I know you've got to go to school, I know it's not necessarily like that everywhere — so you don't have as much time in your day to just dedicate strictly to what the game plan is or how you want to run this specific play or what technique you want to use versus this shade or whatever it might be. So yeah, I'd say the technique and the detail are a very big part of it."

Odessa Brown Visit

The Seahawks made a special visit to the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic to spread some holiday cheer this week. Blitz and the players had a great time with the kids and the families. Thanks for having us!

Seahawks players, along with Blitz, visited the Odessa Brown Children's Clinic to spread some holiday cheer. In addition to spending quality time together, the kids also received Seahawks teddy bears thanks to Build-a-Bear.

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